I finally got a haircut today. I went through A LOT of reviews online trying to find a place that was affordable, decent and had an English speaking staff. My hair has never been something I've had to worry about. A very good friend of mine is a hair dresser and has always come to my house and done my color and cuts so it's been over 10 years since I had to find a salon. Toytowngermany.com is a great resource for the English speaking community in Germany and there were hundreds of replies on a thread about where to get a haircut in Berlin. I don't think it's outrageous to spend a hundred dollars on a haircut in NYC, but I definitely don't have that kind of money right now and I'm not going to pay that much going to a person I don't know. What if they totally butcher me? I've seen the girls walking around kreuzberg, their hair is fucking crazy. It's like a half shaved head with a mullet front and a rattail dreadlock in the back. Like ziggy stardust on crack and much dirtier looking. This was very distressing to me. I don't have a hairdryer and I don't have room in my little suitcase to lug around a ton of hair product so I had to keep my hair somewhat long and non shaved and non mullet-y.
At first I booked an appointment at toni and guy. But after looking at the prices, a woman's haircut starts at 55€, I was a no show. When you quit your job to travel the world you can't pay 55€ and up plus tip for a haircut. You also can't afford a professional dye job which is why I did it myself out of a box last week. The results are not great and really uneven but this is the price you pay.... Anyways I found Ballyhoo Berlin. They are right across from gorlitzer park and the place is decorated like an edgy 1920s salon. Grey walls, big black comfy leather chairs, huge ornate mirrors, tattooed hair dressers and some good old fashioned english rock playing softly in the background. An hour and 38€ later I looked and felt like a new person. Gone were my ratty long split ends and now it's all silky smooth layers. That was my big splurge for today, and this week really. it was totally worth it, just for the great head massage I got in the shampoo chair alone.